Global Energy, who own the Nigg Fabrication Yard, have had their plans for their own harbour rejected by the Scottish Government.
They had put forward plans to create their own harbour at the entrance to the Cromarty Firth.
However the Scottish Government threw out the bid on a legal technicality.
Global had said the move would help them bring more business into the yard.
The plans had caused a division between Gloabl and the Cromarty Firth Port Authority.
The Scottish Government said Global’s application was not “legally competent” under one section of the Harbour Act.
Bob Buskie, chief executive of the Cromarty Firth Port Authority, said they were delighted with the outcome and would continue to work with the Global Energy group to discuss the company’s business ambitions.
A spokesperson for Global Energy said they were disappointed by the decision.